Manchester terrorist attacker Salman Abedi asked mum for forgiveness before bombing

The U.K. bomber whose suicide blast killed 22 concertgoers told his mother "forgive me" just before his attack, Libyan officials said, as police made more arrests and details of the global probe into the Manchester attack pointed to this being the work of a coordinated terror network.

Police have named 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the person suspected of carrying out the suicide attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.

Hopkins confirmed on Thursday that eight men remain in custody and a woman who was arrested yesterday has been released. "Eight men remain in custody for questioning", a police statement said.

Manchester's mayor Andy Burnham said he has contacted the US ambassador to the United Kingdom over the leaks to the media from the investigation into Monday's terrorist attack.

On Thursday, a large cordon was set up for a time around a location in Wigan, where an arrest was made a day earlier, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

Abedi was born in the United Kingdom to Libyan parents on New Year's Eve in 1994 and was the second of four children.

She said that the victims were very young people, which points to the fact that the Manchester bombing was a clear attack on the European youth and their love of life. The official also said his brother Hashim had told officials: "I know everything about my brother, what he was doing there in Manchester".

The U.K. Metropolitan Police said Wednesday that 1,000 additional armed officers have been freed up to carry out patrols across the U.K.

Abedi's older brother Ismail, 23, was detained in south Manchester, on Tuesday.

Police say the leaks compromise their investigation due to the fact that the public is now aware of what authorities are looking to track down.

He said the mother told interrogators her son left Libya for Britain just four days before the bombing.

British police have resumed intelligence-sharing with the U.S. after a row over leaks concerning the Manchester bombing investigation.

Authorities have found more evidence - including leaked photos of the remnants of the bomb itself - that suggest the attack was the work of a terror network. Abedi got his passport back after telling his father he was going on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, but returned to England instead.

Her only direct comment since the attack has been a social media posting shortly afterwards in which she said she felt "broken" and "so so sorry".

Meanwhile, the Queen visited Royal Manchester Children's Hopsital on Thursday morning to visit some of the injured as well as the emergency services.